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Pluto's moon Hydra

In 1930, Pluto was observed for the first time. For many decades, astronomers thought that the "ninth planet of the Solar System" was a solitary object. But by 1978, astronomers discovered that it also had a moon roughly ...

dateJul 14, 2015 in Space Exploration
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A galaxy in bloom: New Hubble snap of ESO 381-12

The ghostly shells of galaxy ESO 381-12 are captured here in a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, set against a backdrop of distant galaxies. The strikingly uneven structure and the clusters of stars that ...

dateJul 09, 2015 in Astronomy
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Astronomers teach a machine to analyse galaxy images

A team of astronomers and computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have taught a machine to 'see' astronomical images. The technique, which uses a form of artificial intelligence called unsupervised machine ...

dateJul 08, 2015 in Astronomy
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Earth and Mars could share a life history

While life is everywhere on Earth, there is much debate about how it began. Some believe it originated naturally from the chemistry found on our planet as it evolved. Others hypothesize that life—or at least the building ...

dateJul 07, 2015 in Space Exploration
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